fi·na·le | \fə-ˈna-lē, fi-ˈnä- \

Definition of finale 

: the close or termination of something: such as

a : the last section of an instrumental musical composition the symphony's finale

b : the closing part, scene, or number in a public performance the finale of the ballet In the finale, the singer sang an Italian classic.

c : the last and often climactic event or item in a sequence the TV show's season finale

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Examples of finale in a Sentence

She sung a very difficult song for the finale. the finale to the festivities was a grand display of fireworks

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Cishek likely is unavailable to pitch in Wednesday’s series finale against the Giants after earning the save Tuesday night in his third consecutive game. Mark Gonzales,, "Cubs bullpen rotation: Steve Cishek won't pitch Wednesday, Brandon Morrow available again," 11 July 2018 The Angels intend to have Skaggs come off the disabled list and start Thursday in the series finale against the Mariners. Jeff Miller,, "Tyler Skaggs could return Thursday for the Angels, Nick Tropeano not quite yet," 11 July 2018 Kennedy on the shelf: Right-hander Ian Kennedy, who was scheduled to start Wednesday's series finale against Cleveland, was placed on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained left oblique. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Danny Duffy serves up slam as Royals fall to Indians, lose 60th game of season," 3 July 2018 Mendez, who was scheduled to start Wednesday's series finale against the Royals, broke team rules away from the field. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Team violation sends Mendez back to Round Rock and Odor (perhaps) to bench," 19 June 2018 After Harris rested a day, Hinch needed him in Sunday’s finale against the Rangers. Hunter Atkins, San Antonio Express-News, "Harris struggles to fix mistakes," 13 June 2018 Switzerland is riding the high of its come-from-behind win over Serbia and will look to carry that momentum into Wednesday's group finale knowing that a win will seal the deal and a place in the knockout stage. Luis Miguel Echegaray,, "LIVE: Switzerland Hopeful of Landing World Cup Knockout Berth vs. Costa Rica," 27 June 2018 Once dismissed as something of a national embarrassment, the Russian team has become a national treasure heading into Monday’s group-stage finale with Uruguay. Kevin Baxter,, "Winning changes everything for once-ridiculed Russian national team," 24 June 2018 The final episode ran into the American Idol finale directly afterwards, but DWTS fans wanted more time to vote (viewers were given just five minutes to call in their votes), plus extra details about Rippon's Mirrorball win. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The "Dancing With the Stars" Finale Made Fans Livid," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of finale

1774, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for finale

borrowed from Italian, noun derivative of finale, adjective, "last, final entry 1," going back to Latin fīnālis

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English Language Learners Definition of finale

: the last part of something (such as a musical performance, play, etc.)


fi·na·le | \fə-ˈna-lē \

Kids Definition of finale

: the close or end of something (as a musical work)

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to reject or criticize sharply

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